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3 things to do in Cleveland in September

Last week, we welcomed the newest Case Western Reserve University students to our campus—their new home for the next four years. But whether you’re new to CWRU or a lifelong Clevelander, there’s always something to uncover in our beloved city and the surrounding areas.

September is a busy time in The Land, with plenty to keep you active in the community. We’ve compiled a list of three suggestions. 

Looking for more? Visit the Destination Cleveland website, and check back with The Daily each month for new ideas.

Waterloo Arts Fest

Sept. 9

Immerse yourself in Cleveland’s art scene during the Waterloo Arts Fest. This annual event, held in the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District, features works by local artists, art vendors, live music, food, performances and art activities. The event will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Waterloo Road between Calcutta Avenue and East 161st Street.

The event also is an opportunity to check out the revitalized neighborhood’s many galleries, shops and other businesses.

See what’s in store.

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

Sept. 14–22

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival puts a spotlight on productions made by minority filmmakers. 

This year, the festival is composed of 62 films—approximately half of which are features and half are shorts—shown over nine days, all with the goal of challenging negative stereotypes through positive messaging. 

Some screenings will be free, while others will require paid tickets. In addition to the showings, the festival will include workshops and opportunities to speak with filmmakers.

Check out the film schedule and learn more about the festival.

Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week

Sept. 7–14

Get a taste of Cleveland by trying out one of our city’s prominent culinary hotspots during Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week. Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s food scene or wanting to try something new, there are options that will appeal to just about any palate. 

Offered at prix-fixe pricing, various restaurants will participate in the week with unique menus during lunch, dinnertime or both. Participating restaurants include House of Creole, Pickwick and Frolic, Mabel’s, The Centro, Southern Tier Brewing Co. and many more.

Take a peek at the menu options and pricing.